The Hilltop Diversitree Project aims to plant more than 200 trees throughout a 12- to 15-block area that runs north to south from South 9th to Earnest S. Brazill streets and east to west from South J Street to South Sheridan Avenue.
In addition to planting trees such as Triumph elm, Katsura, willow oak, and evergreens, the City of Tacoma plans to build four medians on South 11th Street between South J Street and South Sheridan Avenue in an effort to provide additional locations to grow trees without reducing the amount of available parking, offering more rooting volume than traditional street tree pits, eliminating conflicts between street trees, buildings and signs, and providing traffic calming effects. Elsewhere, trees are proposed to be planted in turf planting strips, as well as existing asphalt planting strips meeting a minimum width of five feet. Dead, damaged or inappropriate trees in the wrong places will be removed and replaced.
The project has been made possible by a donation of $100,000 from an anonymous donor to The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and an additional $30,000 for three years of project maintenance from the Donald R. and Mary E. Williams Horticulture Fund of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Funding assistance is also provided by USDA Forest Service and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Programs.
The Hilltop Diversitree Project helps move Tacoma toward a goal of 30 per cent tree canopy to maximize the environmental benefits that trees provide, such as absorbing storm water, improving air quality, sequestering carbon and shading homes and streets. The City of Tacoma encourages diverse tree plantings because it lessens the chance of large disease or insect-caused die-offs robbing the community of these environmental benefits.
An event to kick off the project will be held on Fri., Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at People’s Park, located at 900 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma City Councilmember Lauren Walker, and the Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark are scheduled attend the event, which includes a ceremonial tree planting. Additionally, City of Tacoma officials will mark Tacoma’s 19th year as a Tree City USA community, 10th year as a Tree Line USA community, and sixth year that the City of Tacoma has received a Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.
For more information, visit cityoftacoma.org/diversitree.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of Tacoma’s street trees, urban forest program, heritage trees, and other arbor-related activities, click on the following links:
- State grant could help grow Tacoma’s urban forest program (Tacoma Daily Index, October 4, 2013)
- Anonymous donation aims to bring more street trees to Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood (Tacoma Daily Index, August 16, 2013)
- Tacoma’s Swan Creek Park focus of urban forestry restoration project (Tacoma Daily Index, August 13, 2013)
- Work begins soon to preserve Schuster Slope’s urban forest (Tacoma Daily Index, July 30, 2012)
- Tree pruning planned along Ruston Way (Tacoma Daily Index, March 27, 2012)
- Tacoma Urban Forest messenger bags on sale (Tacoma Daily Index, October 6, 2011)
- New UW tree canopy study shows Tacoma closer to goal (Tacoma Daily Index, July 28, 2011)
- Tacoma Urban Forest Project “upcycled” bags on sale June 15 (Tacoma Daily Index, June 13, 2011)
- Time running out to see Urban Forest Project banners on Pacific Avenue (Tacoma Daily Index, May 20, 2011)
- Tacoma moves closer to creating its heritage tree register (Tacoma Daily Index, April 21, 2011)
- Celebrate Arbor Day, Tacoma’s urban forest April 2 (Tacoma Daily Index, March 23, 2011)
- Tacoma’s Urban Forest Project deadline extended (Tacoma Daily Index, February 9, 2011)
- A lush vision for historic Spanish Steps (Tacoma Daily Index, January 21, 2011)
- Artists sought for downtown Tacoma urban forest project (Tacoma Daily Index, January 11, 2011)
- Metro Parks: 24 trees to be replaced in Jane Clark, Titlow Parks (Tacoma Daily Index, December 1, 2010)
- Wright Park Tree Festival Oct. 16 (Tacoma Daily Index, October 6, 2010)
- 6 new signs mark Tacoma’s Tree City USA anniversary (Tacoma Daily Index, January 5, 2010)
- Tree removals planned at Point Defiance Park (Tacoma Daily Index, September 23, 2009)
- Revised urban forestry plan could protect Tacoma’s heritage trees (Tacoma Daily Index, June 9, 2009)
- Celebrate Tacoma’s sustainability efforts with tree planting April 23 (Tacoma Daily Index, April 20, 2009)
- Tacoma plants record 803 free street trees (Tacoma Daily Index, December 17, 2008)
- Metro Parks will prune, remove damaged trees (Tacoma Daily Index, December 11, 2008)
- Street tree planting in Tacoma Nov. 22 (Tacoma Daily Index, November 19, 2008)
- Celebrate Green Tacoma Day Nov. 15 (Tacoma Daily Index, November 13, 2008)
- Letter To The Editor: Heritage Trees (Tacoma Daily Index, August 29, 2008)
- Preserving Tacoma’s Heritage Trees: An interview with Marshall McClintock (Tacoma Daily Index, August 27, 2008)
- Saving Tacoma’s Urban Arbor: Will the city create a register of heritage trees? (Tacoma Daily Index, August 26, 2008)
- 23 trees will be removed at Point Defiance Park (Tacoma Daily Index, January 29, 2008)
- Tacoma Power will remove dangerous trees along SR 16 (Tacoma Daily Index, June 26, 2006)
- Tree Giveaway Program (Tacoma Daily Index, April 10, 2000)